St. Augustine’s College and Mfantsipim School will renew an age-old rivalry when the basketball teams of the respective schools take to the court at the new John Evans Atta-Mills Stadium which will be opened in Cape-Coast on May 3.
The new stadium has been named after Ghana’s former President Professor John Evans Atta-Mills who passed away in 2012. President John Mahama, Sports Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye and Chines Ambassador to Ghana Sun Baohong will officially open the $38 million dollar edifice.
The teams will headline basketball activities on the day including reigning high school champions Aggrey Memorial’s matchup with Wesley Girls High School in the female division. All the games will be played on the stadium’s plush courts (2).
Back in January, both teams-Augustine’s and Mfantsipim- played the final game of Ghana’s most prestigious high school championship, Sprite Ball. St. Augustine’s College led by mercurial Forward Dennis “Mantse” Dugbennu pummeled Mfantsipim 37-22 to win its’ first national title.
Despite the loss, Mfantsipim is the most successful team in the competition having the title a record four times. Their dominance led Coach Isaac Mensah to rank his side and Augustine’s as the “only schools that play good basketball”.
Ghana’s Under 20 side will play against China’s Under-19 side in a football game in the final activity of the day.